Do you wish that satisfying your Persian cuisine craving does not always have to go hand in hand with having to endure super laidback, most of the time AC-less, potent-smelling kebab places? Nestled in the Katipunan strip right across Ateneo is your dream come true: The Fat Persian is as authentic as you can get when it comes to food, but setting it apart from your usual Persian resto is its homey vibe and well-kept modern industrial interiors that will make you want to lounge around for hours—and good news, you won't have to worry about smelling like you’ve been grilled yourself.
“Since we’re named The Fat Persian, we made sure everything on the menu is value for money—the servings can’t be small, everything has to be filling—and even the ambience, we made it something that will make people feel at home and comfortable,” says Aga Tomawis, who co-owns the place with his close friends Mykee Dy and Vito Uylangco. Albeit only on its soft opening, The Fat Persian has already attracted a substantial clientele, mostly composed of students from the area who are looking for a place where they can get the best of both worlds (good food and good vibes).
Witty quotes hanging on the walls welcome you to the place (“Why Have Abs When You Can Have Kebabs?”), a sign that you’re about to have a cool time, while one look at the menu will confirm that you’ll truly get to satisfy your Persian food cravings without breaking the bank. “We meticulously picked the items that will be on the menu to make sure there’s something for everybody,” adds Mykee.
Here are some of their must-try staples:
Shawarma wraps. Unlike other establishments who offer cold or lukewarm versions, they serve this Persian cuisine staple (available in both chicken and beef) piping hot. The meat and vegetables are charcoal-grilled very well for maximum flavor.
Pesto pizza. They made pita bread more exciting with lots of cheese and pesto toppings. While it’s quite a simple dish and not actually Persian, the distinct taste will make you come back for more.
Sizzling shawarma. Yes, it’s served on a sizzling plate, and what makes it more unique is instead of the usual shawarma sauce, they serve it with gravy—no kidding, they go really well together.
Looking for more reasons to hang out here? Vito boasts that they’ve got cards and board games you can play with, and a lounge area with an iPod dock which you can lay claim on (on a first come, first served basis) for some good ol’ sound trip. Come their grand launch in October they will also be offering coffee, breakfast, and pasta dishes.
Photographs by Vyn Radovan. The Fat Persian is located at 318-D Katipunan Avenue, Barangay Loyola Heights, Quezon City.